[WSMDiscuss] Fwd: TWO AGRI-BUSINESS FIRMS SUSPENDED IN PALAWAN (PHILIPPINES)
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Subject: TWO AGRI-BUSINESS FIRMS SUSPENDED IN PALAWAN (PHILIPPINES)
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2018 13:36:22 -0800 (PST)
From: Coalition against Land Grabbing <calgpalawan at gmail.com>
To: COALITION AGAINST LAND GRABBING (CALG) NEWS AND UPDATES
<coalition-against-land-grabbing-calg-news-and-updates at googlegroups.com>
*TWO AGRI-BUSINESS FIRMS SUSPENDED IN PALAWAN
*Dear friends and colleagues,*
This is another successful story that we would like to share with all of
In early 2016, two major agribusiness companies (_*the Green Power
Palawan Agriculture Corporation <http://www.greenpowerpalawan.com/> –
GPPAC*_, and *_Lionheart <http://www.lionheartagrotech.com/team/>
Agrotech_*) began the clearing of parcels of land found within the
ancestral domain of the Pala’wan of Barangay Ransang (Municipality of
Rizal), without following due Free and Prior Consent (FPIC) procedures.
The affected areas being converted into coconut plantations are located
in Sitio Malutok, Sitio Sumurom, and Sitio Balinbalin. It is important
to point out that such locations are also bordering some valuable ICCAs
(Territories and Areas Conserved by Indigenous Peoples and Local
Communities), such as the Signapan valley, being managed by the Tau’t
Batu (a sub-group of the Pala’wan). Hence, the targeted 10,000 hectares
of plantations might have posed significant pressure on the neighbouring
The plan to stop such companies has been a CALG priority, since the very
beginning. After three years of community organizing, petitions
writing, collection of evidences and documentation, we are finally
harvesting the results of this long struggle. According to NCIP
(National Commission on Indigenous Peoples) and CALG findings, the MOA
previously entered between the two companies and the local communities
was based on an improper application of FPIC guidelines. Hence, this
was the reason why the companies’ Certificate of Precondition (CP) was
As a result, the two companies filed a motion of reconsideration as of
June 1 2017, requesting NCIP to lift the order of suspension and allow
Lionearth and GPPAC to resolve the issue by paying the required bond to
be decided by the affected tribes, pursuant to section 23 of the _2012
The final response from NCIP Region IV Office - contained in the *_CEB
Resolution no. 07-124.2018_, Series of 2018* (see attachment) - and
being transmitted to NCIP Palawan Provincial Office on 1 October, does
confirm that both companies should, indeed, pay the bond as required by
the law. But this, by itself, will not allow them to resume their
operations. In fact, both Lionheart and GPPAC are now been requested to
submit the Environmental and Socio-Cultural Impact Statement, followed
by a comprehensive work plan which shall include the project’s profile
and plan of operations, the identification of the targeted area, etc.
More importantly, the companies should strictly comply with all
procedures related to section 19-23 of the 2012 FPIC guidelines.
In a nutshell, all this means that both companies are now suspended
until they comply with all NCIP requirements. Given the opposition of
the local indigenous residents, we have good reasons to believe that the
companies will be unable to provide the documents requested by NCIP, and
to obtain the communities’ Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC).
While CALG will continue to monitor this case closely, we would like to
express our sincere appreciation for the collaboration of NCIP key
officials, which – indeed - has been pivotal to put these two companies
*The CALG Team*
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